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Puff up   /pəf əp/   Listen
Puff up

verb
1.
Make larger or distend.
2.
To swell or cause to enlarge,.  Synonyms: blow up, puff, puff out.  "Puffed out chests"
3.
Become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger.  Synonym: swell.
4.
Praise extravagantly.  Synonym: puff.






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"Puff up" Quotes from Famous Books



... grimly. "Thinks he is a king! All puff up with wind lak a bull frog. He mak' me mad with his foolishness. What would you? You cannot deal with the Kakisas only what he say. Because only Watusk speaks English. He ...
— The Fur Bringers - A Story of the Canadian Northwest • Hulbert Footner

... ingenuity of children. In Mrs. Bergen's (400) list of popular American plant-names are included some which come from this source, for example: "frog-plant (Sedum Telephium)," from the children's custom of "blowing up a leaf so as to make the epidermis puff up like a frog"; "drunkards (Gaulteria procumbens)," because "believed by children to intoxicate"; "bread-and-butter (Smilax rotundifolia)," because "the young leaves are eaten by children"; "velvets (Viola pedata)," a corruption of the "velvet violets" of their elders; ...
— The Child and Childhood in Folk-Thought • Alexander F. Chamberlain



Words linked to "Puff up" :   act, inflate, blow up, swell up, behave, puff out, swell, tumefy, praise, intumesce, tumesce, amplify, expand, do



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